Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton.

These two lovely National Trust properties can be used as part of a circular walk that takes in some charming countryside.
Furthermore, the grounds to each property are extensive and provide the ideal habitats for butterflies and dragonflies/damselflies. Who could ask for more?

Well me actually - the pot of tea was very welcome as well!

Packwood House has a charming garden and many architectural gems...
The whole property.

One of many rather baffling sun-dials.

A lovely detail.
The lake is home to several black-tailed skimmers that can be photographed at rest if watched carefully; they tend to return to the same point repeatedly.
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Male Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly at rest.
The female looks completely different and spends more time away from water.

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Female Black-tailed Skimmer at Packwood House.
The garden pond provided great close-up shots of large red damselflies (egg laying) and water boatmen along with the more usual insects.
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Large Red Damselflies.
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Common and Large Red Damselflies.
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Water Boatman from above!
Baddesley Clinten has some valuable wild-flower meadow that supports a good range of butterflies-

Large Skipper.
 

Ringlet.

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Meadow Brown Butterfly.
The walk between these two properties includes a stroll along the towpath of the Stratford Canal through Lapworth Junction. As this section of canal is to be a topic for more detailed consideration as part of a new web-site project I shall simply include a few pictures here of the length covered by the walk.

The junction.
 

These two properties are well-worth a visit.

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